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Ilford schoolboy, 8, ‘traumatised’ after being interviewed by counter-terrorism officers

An eight-year-old Ilford schoolboy was left “traumatised” after being quizzed over alleged radicalisation fears by counter-terrorism officers and a social worker, his parents say. The Counter Terrorism Police Standards Unit and Redbridge Council have both launched investigations into the incident – which took place on the last day of the 2018 summer term – after the boy’s parents logged a formal complaint. According to a case study by community-led pressure group Prevent Watch the family believes they were targeted for being Muslim and say their son was traumatised after being separated from his friends and interviewed alone. Read more


Eight-year-old boy questioned by counter-terrorism police officers in London school over ‘radicalisation’ fears

An eight-year-old boy was questioned by two counter-terrorism police officers and a social worker at a school in east London over alleged radicalisation fears, The Independent can reveal. The Counter Terrorism Professional Standards Unit has now launched an investigation into the matter after the boy’s parents logged a formal complaint about the treatment of their young son. The parents, who wish to remain anonymous, said their child was left “frightened” and “traumatised” after he was separated from his classmates at a school in Ilford to be interviewed. The father claims his son was asked about Islam, the mosque he attends, whether he prays, and his views on other religions. He was also asked to recite verses from the Quran. Read more